Fill-In Bus Driver Builds Ramp For A Disabled Student After Seeing Her Struggle

He may just be a temporary driver, but he did enough to make a lasting mark in this one student's life.


Thomas Mitchell is a bus mechanic by trade. But, every now and then, he gets asked to be a substitute school bus driver and get behind the wheel.

While filling in for the driver of a special-needs children bus, he noticed something that he couldn’t just turn a blind eye to. One of the students, Lydia, was confined to a wheelchair, a disability that’s made only more difficult by the unfriendly aluminum ramp at her home.

Seeing that he had to do something about it, the fill-in bus driver contacted Lydia’s mother and offered to build a new ramp just so as to make Lydia’s daily routine much easier.

The story was posted originally on Facebook by Jennifer Mitchell, Thomas Mitchel’s wife.

I'm so proud of my husband!! Tom Mitchell, my hubby, is a mechanic for our school system and is sometimes asked to drive bus routes. About 2 months ago, he was driving a special needs route that he had driven a couple of times. Each time he noticed this one mother would have to bring her daughter, who is in a wheelchair, up and down about 3 or 4 steps anytime they would leave or enter the house. He could see how difficult it was for this mom to maneuver her daughter and her wheelchair on the small landing in front of her apartment, and he didn't feel the temporary aluminum detachable ramps were long enough or sturdy enough to be considered safe. This really made my husband uneasy and concerned. He wanted to do something to help this little family out and to make sure they had a safer ramp and one that would make going up and down safer and easier for both mom and daughter. After making some phone calls and discussing his ideas with some of his co-workers, Anthony Puckett & Mike Greene, they came up with a plan. Tom got in touch with David Adams at the Lowes on Lowes Dr. Mr. Adams was able to work some charitable magic and donate all of the wood needed to make this family a deck and ramp. Today, Tom, Anthony and Anthony's son Nick along with Anthony's brother Randell, & Mike met up at the families house and they completely built the deck and ramp. All on their own time, with their own tools, and all out of the kindness of their own hearts!!! I know these guys didn't do it for a pat on the back or for any recognition what-so-ever….but I can't help but feel proud to be married to such a kindhearted and giving man! He noticed someone who could've used some help, and without being asked, he did something about it! Even his friends/co-workers and their family got involved because they are kindhearted and caring people as well. In a world where so much hate is being spread around, I just wanted to share that there are still good people out there, doing good deeds, and that humanity still exists!!! ❤❤❤

Posted by Jennifer Mitchell on Sunday, January 15, 2017


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